Gaborone City Council is bringing renowned Nigerian artist, Wizkid to Gaborone on December 22 to headline the Diamond City Music concert- an initiative by the council to promote urban tourism. The concert will be held at the National Stadium and will feature 25 local artists.
Born Ayodeji Ibrahim Balogun, the 27 year old will be the third Nigerian muso to perform in Botswana, after Davido and Tekno. The singer/ songwriter started his music career at the age of 11 as a member of Glorious Five- a group he formed along with his church members. He rose to prominence in 2010 following the release of his hit “Holla at your Boy”. He has since gone on to collaborate with some of America’s great music acts in Drake and Chris Brown and penetrated the music industry in that country.
He recently won three All Africa Music Awards (AFRIMA); including Best Male Act (West Africa), Song of the Year (Come Closer) and Artist of the Year. According to organizers, the Diamond City Music concert is aimed at promoting urban tourism and attracting the world to the main city, Gaborone. The hope is for the concert to pull people from across the world to experience the capital city. Although it has not been confirmed as an annual event, the organizers wish to hot the concert more than once a year.
In interview with WeekendLife, the Event Promoter Gilbert Seagile, explained that the reason why they chose WizKid as the main act is because he is a renowned artist that has a huge fan base and has the capacity to pull people to the capital city. “Wizkid is a big Nigerian artist who is recognised internationally and is one of the highly thought artists across the world. We wanted the biggest act to come to the Diamond City Concert,” Seagile explained. The event will also see 25 artists sharing the stage with the Davido rival.
“We decided to engage as many local artists as we can because we want to embrace local talent and we can’t afford to keep them on the dark side. A total of 25 local artists will also be there to entertain during the big night,” he explained.
The Diamond City Concert has also invited guest stars from other parts of Africa to perform alongside him and the local acts. “This concert shall be headlined by Wizkid (Nigeria), Sjava (SA), BurnaBoy(Nigeria), Ringo Madlingozi(SA), and Freshly Ground (SA) and top 25 local artists,” Seagile highlighted.
According to Seagile, already early bird tickets for the event are sold out. He further assured that the 27 year old will definitely come to perform at the show. “People are not panicking, the minute we sent an invitation, WizKid confirmed his coming. He even confirmed this when he tweeted about his Diamond City Concerts performance, and that on its own ceased the doubt from people. We are that organized and there is less propaganda,” he said.
Seagile explained that they are doing their best to ensure that the event is well advertised. He said that they have brought forth branded cars, they are also doing count down every week and they have also come up with a television show to update people about the show as a way of building the hype around the event. They will also be travelling the country as a way of letting people know about the event and they will be travelling as far as Maun.
Creativity is seen everywhere and these individuals did something recently that’s never been done before, and some are still killing it. We see creativity on streaming platforms, stages, runways, social media and boardrooms even. Some of them are revamping their businesses, and lately, clothing sale is thriving.
They love concept-driven designs, storytelling and they bring fresh ideas and new perspectives that will leave footprints in the sand. Post the COVID-19 pandemic, these creative minds utilized the drawing board and they became cognizant that monetizing content will actually take them far, which is frank nonetheless.
This is commendable though, but the creative industry will still need support from government in order for it to flourish further. Allocation of resources (funds, facilities and empowerment) should be done consistently, creativity must be raised and at the end of the day, the economy benefits from that kind of investment.
Ever since he parted ways with his former manager, DJ Bougee Sid, Mahalapye born-pint sized, multi-award-winning artist, Hanceford Magapatona has been taking up space, unapologetically so. Han C has shown a strong will to take over the entire world, and he is in the right direction. He’s solely organizing the annual Mahalapye Spring Festival, which is taking place next weekend.
The Pepetetsa hitmaker raked some monies from his savings to put together this event. Mahalapye Spring Festival will feature Paige, Ubuntu Band, Khoisan, Amantle Brown and Double Up among others. Even though it didn’t come as a surprise, Han C was nominated at African Muzik Magazine Awards (AFRIMMA) in the US, under Best Male Southern Africa category.
However, the award was snatched by the late South African rapper, AKA. Its not all lost as Han C secured two nominations at the Yarona FM Music Awards (YAMAs): People’s Choice of the Year and Best Male Single.
This entrepreneur has turned his dreams into reality, and his promising apparel business is now a fashion destination. Matter of fact, Motswagole weathered the storms to be where he is now because through criticism and social media bullying, he still leads the pack in fashion.
His social media accounts got deleted but through his online store, KM Sales, Motswagole is able to rake in some profits. He initially started selling from his car but now owns a busy store and has employed a number of young people.
KM Sales has been offering fashionable items (shoes, t-shirts, pants) and has been participating in various lifestyle events such as Garden of Drip where it showcases its products.
If there is one young entrepreneur to draw motivation from is Koketso. The business started from humble beginnings, at the time when he worked part time at Ipelegeng as a casual labor. Indeed, good things come to those who wait, or well, work like a slave today, live like a king tomorrow.
KAGISO LUDO DE KLERK
Vee Mampeezy’s ex-wife Kagiso De Klerk clearly did not sit and weep over their dramatic divorce. The famous social media influencer hurriedly picked up the pieces and went hard on promoting business online. She literally took social media influencing to the head and it is working for her.
This year saw her partnership with Shell reach greater heights, and obviously, she is raking lot of pulas from the deal. Kagiso has been making frequent appearances in top events in South Africa such as Bubbles in Spring and Gold and Diamond Experience.
After a long break from the limelight, renowned media and radio personality, Gaona Dintwe is back. She was missed by many on TV, and she’s back where she belongs, news anchoring on BTV. Gaona has also found a niche in podcasting. She is a host of her own podcast, Gaona Live Conversation, where various people share their stories on camera.
Some of what they discuss is Gender Based Violence (GBV), polygamy and drug addiction. This is highly commendable because even BTV doesn’t have programs that discuss these crucial social issues. The Lentswelemoruti native is also seen in various corporate events where she is engaged as a host.
Now that one-man shows are made fashionable, traditional dance guru and ex-convict, Ditiro Leero is joining the crusade and he will be hosting his also. The show will be held next month at Zone 4 Farm in Selokolela, but the there are traditional dance music artists who have been lined up to perform at the show. Matshana, Morwa Leka and Maswailathota will be doing their thing and probably bring some heat too. Ditiro Leero will be making history as the first traditional artist to host a one-man show in Botswana.
With only two months before Miss World 2023, the reigning Miss Botswana, Lesego Chombo is having many irons in the fire, preparing for the much-anticipated beauty pageant. Miss World 2023 will be the 71st edition of Miss World pageant and it will be held in India. Chombo has been spotted toning her body at Jack’s gym, a requirement that is taken seriously at the pageant. She has also been participating in charity events, something that should add to her profile at the Miss World.